That’s where we are right now. Everything is booked and – as far as possible – payed for. Now we are stuck and have to wait for the Russians and the Chinese to grant us our visas (the only item still in red on my 19-point booking/todo list for this trip).
So while we’re waiting with nothing better to do… here are some blogs of other people who managed to get their visas and travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway in the past:
Train-Adventure 2006/2007 (November-December 2006) [German]
How did we get here? (October-November 2012) [English]
Mit dem Zug nach Südostasien (October 2013) [German]
Since apparently the world did not end after our last trip (unreliable Mayans!), it’s time for another installment in our highly successful Asia travel series.
And here are the stops for 2014:
We will travel from Stuttgart to Frankfurt by train and then fly to Moscow with Aeroflot. Between Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulan-Bator and Beijing we’ll be using the Trans-Siberian Railway (using the Mongolian route tho, so technically we’ll be using the Trans-Mongolian Railway starting in Ulan-Ude) After a short stop in Beijing (to shower, rest and maybe visit another segment of the Great Wall – or just go geocaching), we’ll be boarding an overnight train to Shanghai. There we will spend two days exploring the parts of the city that we didn’t get to the last time (because of too much EXPO’ing). After that we will ferry over to Osaka with the Su Zhou Hao – like we did back in 2010. Our usual business hotel in Osaka will be our operating base for 2 days – during which we will surely train down to Hiroshima for some Okonomiyaki – before we will move north to Niigata (to visit the nearby Nagaoka Festival which is apparently famous for its big fireworks show). From there we will skip into Hokkaido and Hakodate will become our base – right in the middle between Aomori (so we can visit the Nebuta Festival) and Sapporo. The final stop on our trip will (obviously) be Tokyo where we will have our sushi breakfast, maybe make another trip to look at Mt. Fuji and do souvenir shopping before flying back to Frankfurt (via Moscow). To get back to Stuttgart we will probably have to use a City Night Line train, because we will be arriving too late to catch an ICE and sitting around at the airport for 8 hours (when there is an alternative) is not really my preferred way to spend the night.
Back at STR. End of Asia 2012.
We managed to catch our NEX, arrived at the airport, checked our baggage (17.3 out of the allowed 23kg for me this time) and passed security (without any incident this time). Now we are sitting at Gate 34 and the waiting game begins again.
At least they have free Wifi here now. So I can actually publish this without shelling out the equivalent of 5 EUR like last time (though that was still very cheap compared to what they wanted at London Heathrow).
…is where we are sitting right now at Incheon International Airport. Boarding for Asiana Airlines flight 132 is supposed to begin at 09:00. From Fukuoka we will continue…. [NO CARRIER]
We’ve arrived at our first destination: Seoul, South Korea. Right now it’s 22:04 local time (15:04 Central European Time) and we’re sitting in our room in the Seoulwise Guesthouse which so far seems like a nice place – definitely excellent value for your money. Tomorrow we are going to take a walk around downtown and get the lay of the land.
We’re finally going on another lil’ trip. This time our stops will be
As can be seen on the map below, we’ll be flying from Germany to Seoul (via Istanbul) and later from Seoul to Naha (via Fukuoka). After our stay on Okinawa, we will fly back to Fukuoka and from there the rest of the travel through Japan will be done via train (that’s what we have the JR Rail Pass for). We’ll exit through Narita and after a short weekend in Istanbul (we’re flying through there anyway – so why not have a look around), we’re returning back home to Germany.
Asia 2010: Fin.
All that’s left is to sort through the pictures we took…and plan the next trip down there.
Sitting at Narita Airport, sipping Matcha Lattes and Nutty Caramel Lattes at Tully’s and being bored. Our flight to London is 3.5h delayed (which we found out on the NEX), but we will still be able go catch our connecting flight to Stuttgart.